Note: The following giveaway is open to Canadians only.
It happens every year, like clockwork.
On a morning – just like this morning – I will wake up, rub the sleep from my eyes, and swallow. And I will have a tickle at the back of my throat. Later that day, my nose will twitch; my eyes will water. I will understand that the misery of seasonal allergies is upon me, and I will resign myself to weeks (maybe months) of discontent.
It’s a September thing.
Canadians invest $9.1 billion annually in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – all of which address an issue that does not kill the key contributor to illness from air transmission. And even with all these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital in September. Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September.
Why? It’s simple – and complicated. With the new school year, so comes some of the most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months increasing vulnerability, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust, mould spores and more.
Although I thought allergies were my biggest concern, I’m actually writing this post on the heels of a very disturbing phone call I received from Reid’s school, just this afternoon.
“Mrs. Almeida, we’re concerned Reid has been coughing a lot today, bordering on wheezing.”
“Oh!” I replied. “Well, he was sick recently…”
“Is he asthmatic?” she asked.
“Noooo….” I answered.
And now, of course, I’m wondering if he is. It’s Reid’s first time in a group environment, so naturally he is exposed to germs, allergens and a whole grab bag of potential triggers that I simply did not have to worry about before. I know that most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe, and the dirty truth is that inside air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. And, we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors.
A few weeks ago, I hosted the #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party with Fellowes Canada. And the funny thing is, while I enjoyed the benefits of having an air purifier in my home, I wasn’t dependent on it like I am now. At the time, clean, sanitized air was a nice to have. Now it’s a need to have.
The new AeraMax air purifiers are the only such devices in Canada which have been scientifically tested and proven to be Asthma & Allergy Friendly, as certified by the Asthma Society of Canada. At home, we depend on the AeraMax 300 Air Purifier.
The AeraMax line uses a combination of the most effective filtration and cleaning methods as part of a 4-stage filtration process to remove 99.97 per cent of airborne pollutants and articles down to 0.3 microns in size. This level of performance makes it the perfect clean air solution for any space up to 300 square feet.
In addition to a sleek, modern design, cutting-edge technologies provide maximum protection, including:
– A Four-Stage Purification System, which captures 99.7% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns
– AeraSafe Antimicrobial Treatment that offers built-in protection from the growth of odour causing bacteria, mildew and fungi on True HEPA filter
– An AeraSmart Sensor that monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified. Blue, amber and red lights indicate the purity of your air
– Aera+ Mode, which is designed for peak allergy conditions and increases air flow by up to 50% compared to the lowest speed setting
– Filter Change Indicators that let you know when it’s time to replace your filters
– A Carbon Filter that removes odours and captures large airborne particulates
– A True HEPA Filter that captures the tiniest particles and impurities: mold spores, pollen, dust mites, most airborne microbes, allergens and cigarette smoke
When we first set up the AeraMax 300, it literally ran on high for about a day – characterized by the angry red circle beaming from the unit. (Thankfully, even at its highest setting, it was still relatively quiet.) Then, happily parked in Automatic mode, the unit continued to purify the air in our family room – our most trafficked area – without any intervention from us. Hence, the AeraMax Air Purifier is an authentic “set and forget” kind of thing.
Except I won’t forget it. I won’t forget that the AeraMax is making my air cleaner and safer. It’s helping to relieve asthma and allergy symptoms, removing germs and viruses from the air, and neutralizing odour causing bacteria and mildew. It’s keeping us healthy.
Click here to learn about Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers.
I want you to experience the difference of Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers. One lucky reader will win an AeraMax 300, valued at $349.99. To enter, simply fill the form below with your qualifying entries. Good luck everybody!
yes, we put it in our daughters room because of her allergies
I have never used an air purifier because I have never thought of buying one to help with my allergies that annoy me daily. Definatley considering this now !.
Have never used one before, I guess we never thought to use one. But after hearing so much about it, I think it’s worth it, especially if it can help with my allergies.
Never use one before ..didnt know much about it ..
I did but ours is old and no long runs , I need a new one ! I love it !
I had one many years ago but when we moved it got lost and I have missed having one ever since. They really do help with allergies etc
No but would definitely be a good thing to invest in!
have not tried one.. didn’t think of it helping with alergies
I have never used an air purifier before because they have always been so expensive.
I haven’t but I likely should as my son has asthma. Cost has always been an issue.
No I haven’t but should. I have bad allergies and I’m sure it would help my suffering.
We have not used one never had the extra money to put towards one but I would love to have one in our home.
I have never used one but think they are a great idea
LOVE TO TRY
No I havent because I haven’t gotten a chance to
I have one in the MBR, but we could use one downstairs, too!
Would love to try one.
My 16yr old stepson comes over every 2 weeks. He has bad asthma plus we have a cat and dog so its always challenging finding the proper air purifier for us.
No I haven’t but we have been looking at them because hubby has a rough time with his allergies but we keep putting off buying one because of the cost.
No I have not
Awesome giveaway! This could change our lives, We suffer from allergies!
I have never used one not because I don’t want one, I would love to have cleaner air in my home for my family,
Yes for awhile because of my husband smoking. But it was a cheap second hand one and didn’t seem to do anything :(
No I’ve never used one because I didn’t want to invest in one.
I have never used one but I would absolutely love to.
I have not, the price, could go to so many other things, but this would be an good investment
I have used one in the past but didn’t ‘t seem to do much, it was just a tiny countertop one, and probably not that great quality.
Never used one. I actually, surprisingly, never knew about them until now.
I have not yet, but I will be soon. My son has bad allergies and I have a long-haired cat.
Yes…I have allergies & it helps me when the air is clean & free of dust.
We have not but my son has bad allergies and we have started looking into one for the house.
I have never used one but we certainly need one in our house.
yes. purify my air pls!
Yes, but replacement filters are no longer made for the model we have.
No I have always put off buying one because of the cost.
Yes, I used an air purifier in the late eighties. I never noticed a difference and it was very noisy. With today’s technology I am sure they are so much better. I would love to try one now as I have grown into allergies and very sensitive to dust mites.
I have used an air purifier but like someone else commented they no longer make the filters for it, Time for an upgrade!!
Yes! Necessary in my household! We all have allergies so we benefit from air purifiers!
Yes due to allergies and allergic reactions we need a few set up!
I used one when someone smoked in an office that I worked in.
I do use one regularly and sing its praises; I am hoping to win one for my sis and BIL as they need one but cant afford it :)
I have never used an air purifier but could use one as I have a shedding pooch and allergies.
No but it sounds like we definitely need one. My daughter has allergies.
I have used a purifier to get rid of allergens.
I’ve never used one but would love to gift one to my daughters preschool. It seems like something is constantly going around and I bet this sure would help!
never used one but have 2 grandchildren with inhalers
Sandra G Rooke
I used to use one when I was a smoker, but quit.
Carol M (Lushka S)
No, Just haven’t really researched it.
Yes i have it helps with the dust and dog hair
Used one when I was younger but was very noisey.
I have never used an air purifier mostly because I never thought of it, but with allergies I should have.
Yes I have for my allergies and my daughters asthma but I have never had one with the quality of a Fellowes!
We’ve never used an air purifier because we never thought we needed one, but it’s something that we’ve been looking into purchasing recently.
I used to use one years ago.
haven’t used one yet, but looks like a great way to stay healthy!
I have never used one but since coming to Canada and not being able to have the windows open during the winter I am seriously thinking of getting one
No i dont. I dont own one and its slightly out of the budget to get a good one. I would love to win though
I’ve never used one but I’ve thought about buying one. As I get older I find I’m dust particles affect me more.
No i haven’t but it would be a great thing for my husband as he has asthma and i have allergies to a lot of stuff , thanks for the chance to win :)
No because I didnt know the benefits of using one!
no, never owned one before
No I have not, but I think everyone should have one in their home.
No, I have never used one and my husband has allergies so we definitely need one.
Yes we used an air purifier. My husband has seasonal allergies and asthma so at some times of the year he uses an air purifier to try and help.
No I haven’t used one before. I just never thought to use one. But after reading this post I would love to win one.
I have not used an air purifier before because I was not informed about the benefits.
I had an air purifier once, it wasn’t noisy but when I had to replace the filter, they weren’t available anymore (or it would have cost me more money for a special order replacement filter than to buy a whole new unit. So I bought another one, and it was so noisy I couldn’t hear myself think (and it didn’t work very well) – so I gave up on them.
I did when I lived at my moms house. I don’t have one at my house
I tried an Air purifier that we had bought off of Kijiji but it just blue air and did not cleanse properly.
Yes, we have because my daughter has asthma.
I might have but I can’t recall when exactly. They just never seem to be effective. Also, they were generally loud.
I have never used one but would like to. The price stopped me from buying one
I have never used an air purifier before but I think it would be helpful with my little guy’s wheezing and Mommy’s allergies.
i have not due to the cost
Yes I had one up until it broke about a year ago.
I suffer from allergies and sinusitis and used it to help prevent symptoms
I haven’t used one. We are looking to purchase 2 at this time… I have copd and 70% usage of my lungs, my respirologist recommends using purifiers at this point.
I haven’t tried one yet
No I’ve not used an air purifier, but I would consider it because lately a few of us have suffered from allergy-like symptoms.
Yes I use one in my bedroom.
I’ve never had an air purifier, just used a humidifier, but definitely need one to help me through my asthma attacks.
I’ve used one before; I have cats and I have allergies.
No. Come what may.
yes I have used one. I kept it in my daughters room as she had asthma. She outgrew it, but my house is a huge dust bunnie no matter how much I dust and she sneezes alot. I new air purifier is in order!
No, never had one but have been in a home with one and there is a difference in the air quality. They were always too expensive and I couldn’t afford to buy one.
I have one but not sure that is all that good. would like to compare with this one, and the other one is my mom’s she might want to use or sell hers.
Have one, but it doesn’t purity to this degree – sure would help the hubby get through his allergy season problems.
I have never used an air purifier just because I haven’t had the money to afford one. I was in a bad car crash over 20 years ago that has left me unable to work and chronically ill. I would love to try one as I’m sure that it would probably do wonders for my health problems.
I have been using an air purifier for the last few years because i think it helps my breathing.
I haven’t used an air purifier, but I think I should. With allergies, asthma, and pets, I could sure use one. I do have an inhaler.
No I’ve never felt I needed one before now
I have used one, but it was so huge and ugly and the filters cost more to replace than most purifiers!
I have never used an air purifier but am in the market for one. Thanks for your review.
We have a built in filter in our heat pump but it is definitely not an air purifier – this sounds like an ideal set up for folks with allergies like me!
I’ve used one in my son’s room, for air cleaning and ‘white noise’ to help him sleep.
I’ve never really considered using one before but after reading your comments, I really think that my family and I would benefit from this.
No we’ve never owned a purifier. It would be a good addition to the home.
We have filters on our heat pump and on the HRV that help alleviate some of my wife’s problems, but this seems to be something that would improve her condition a lot more.
I haven’t, I’ve been at someone’s place that had one and I would really like to have one!
I have not used an air purifier but my niece uses one to help with her asthma.
we do not have an air purifier, but my mom needs one for her musty basement
We had one in our home as kids – mom has asthma
No, I have never used an air purifier, but would like to try one, please.
I haven’t used one because I’m not sure how well they work but I would love to try one. We all have allergies at my house.
I never used one but I really should
I haven’t used one but I should with my daughter’s asthma.
I’ve never used an air purifier in our home. I’ve never really thought about all the benefits that come from them. I just deal with sneezing and coughing! This new Fellowes Air Purifier gives me something to think about!
I have never used one before, but after that twitter party I attended it is on my Christmas list.
I’ve never used one before because I never got around to buying one and didn’t think it could help my allergies.
I have used humidifiers when both my daughters were born. We wanted to keep the air clean for them so they can breathe good. We still use it whenever we sneeze a lot and just to be healthy. You have to keep changing the filter every time. We are hop in to get a better quality humidifier.
I sure have and with three cats I think it is necessary.
would use int my girls’ room, and maybe they wouldn’t get the sniffles so often
Great prize even if you don’t have breathing problems
my brother needs one because he had the H1N1 flu last year and anything weird in the air sets him off coughing.
Yes and I have allergies, realize that I really should have a good one.
yes, have allergies in the house but it is old
ive never used an air purifier, not at my home at least. they are too expensive but im thinking of getting one to improve my home’s air
NEVER HAVE BUT MIGHT GIVE IT A TRY
We use to have a small one.. It’s amazing the amount of stuff that is in the air..
No I have never used one because I never looked into getting one.
I have in my daughter’s room as she has allergies.
we have not used one just because we have not had the funds to buy one
Chandra Christine O'Connor
no but we should with my daughters allergies
I have used one in the past but since it broke down, we have not bought another one.
No, I have never really thought about using or getting an air cleaner, but I should, considering my hubby smokes and I have 3 large dogs
I have used an air purifier when my son was little and suffered from allergies.
Yes when my daughter was a baby.
I could really use this as I live next to heavy smokers.
We use une that is also a humidifier.
I haven’t but I have always wanted one.. would help I think with cats in the house
Rhonda W G.
I use one downstairs but I do think having one upstairs would be helpful too…
Yes, hoping to clean the air but mine is not very good.
I have never used an air purifier because it is not something I have had extra money to spend on.
Yes I have one in my bedroom. I have allergies
I have never used one because I have honestly never thought about it before. It would probably be helpful with my family’s allergies though.
No, I’ve never had one (never thought to get one) but maybe it’s time to change that!
Yes, I used one for my allergies when I was pregnant with my son, but it was damaged when our basement flooded
Never thought I had a need for one. After learning more about it, I want one.
I have never used an air purifier as I really never realized they could actually help with removing irritants.
My daughter and I both have asthma. We used to have an air purifier, but it broke years ago.
I have never used one because I never learned until recently of all the benefits of having one
This would be a welcome addition to our home. Think I am developing alergies from my beagles. Keep sneezing non-stop whenever I am near him or his kennel…eeeek
I have never used one before but am seriously thinking about getting one as my allergies have been particularly bad this year!
Yes I have, I suffer from allergies
Humidifier and dehumidifier, but never purifier! Never had any issues…but want to see if this really improves quality of air and life!
Yes, I’ve used one in the past for my allergies. I need a new one, though! My old one is so old that I can’t seem to find the filters for it anymore, and the filter I have is over-used and full of junk, and useless.
I have never used one but have thought about it. The expense is the reason for not buying one.
I have never used one, they are to expensive.
I haven’t but really need one. I have allergies, asthma & pets.
No I actually haven’t; but I would love to try as I am asthmatic
Never used one
I have used a low end air purifier for my son’s room. Could totally use a better quality one!
No I’ve never used one. Haven’t been able to justify expense, not knowing much about and which one to buy etc.
I haven’t tried one b/c I haven’t been able to afford one to see if it would help or not.
i tried a used one for a short period, it didnt last long but i noticed a difference.
I have not used one, simply because I don’t really know much about them. Thanks for sharing about them.
I am entering your giveaway.
It would be great to
win a Fellowes AeraMax 300 Air Purifier.
In response to your question of
Have you ever used an air purifier? Why or why not?
No i haven’t because i never thought i needed one.
Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!
I used to have an air purifier in my bedroom because I have asthma.
i have never owned one so i have never used one
Non mais j’ aimerais en essayer un car je souffre de sinusite à répétition.
I’ve never used an air purifier but only because we can’t afford one…we definitely need one though with 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a husband who has seasonal allergies!
We have never used one because it seems very pricey and we don’t know which one is effective
No, but probably wouldn’t hurt to have one!
I have asthma…this will help.
Have you ever used an air purifier? No
Why or why not? no money but would love to get this for my mom who has asthma. This would help her
I would love one for my children’s room!
no – never occurred to me that it was needed. thanks
I have never used one because I never really thought we needed one but I know after the twitter party and research that we need one!
Nancy J Montgomery
I’ve never used one for financial reasons.
I have never used and air purifier, as it was always too expensive
No because its expensive
We had a really cheap one, we never knew if it really worked or not, since it didn’t smell any different. Then it died, so we don’t have one any more.
We had one because our neighbours smoke, so we thought anything would help with any asthma or anything like that.
No I havent but I should be. We have pur room in a basement and I could use this
I’ve never used one before. I’ve been thinking about getting one for my son’s allergies
Yes when I was babysitting, great help to get rid of allergy triggers
Never thought of using one. Your article has given me lots to ponder about the air quality at school and at home.
No I have not used one, it was not in our budget
We have not used and air purifier yet but I’ve definitely considered one strongly before. My partner suffers from year long allergies, and with our young child I always feel worried when we have so little control over the air quality of our apartment building. Would love to see if this helps our problems!
I have never used an air purifier but we need one as I think my son may have allergies/asthma due to being born 4 months premature. He sounds wheezy at times like your son.
This would be great for all the people with allergies in my house
I have one running in my bedroom every night. It makes a difference for allergies and helps keep away colds.
Brenda I Lacourciere
yes for my kids health
i have never used one, but told we should have one for allergies in the home
Yes I have used an air purifier before. My aunt was diagnosed with cancer and it fell upon me to look after to her. This entailed me to have to move in with her but she smoked like a chimney and in order for me to be able to stay with her I had to borrow an air purifier from a friend. My aunt has since passed away and of course I gave my friend back the purifier. Now my husband smokes and we have our grand daughter here quite often. Having an air purifier in my home would give me a better piece of mind.
This would be perfect!
My son had breathing problems when he was a baby so I had one in his bedroom
We havent because we never really thought about it
no I never have, but sounds like a good idea, we live behind an industrial park and who knows what is coming out of there
Never but I honestly think about making the investment all the time.
I haven’t used one before but with the amount of dust I’ve been finding at home I think it’s time to invest in one.
No, I have never used one before.
No i have never, it was not a priority at the time
no we havent but definitely would like to!
I have not but would love to try
I have not because I have not found one at an affordable price
I havent, but would love to try.
No I haven’t. Never thought about needing one.
I haven’t used an air purifier because it hasn’t been in the budget.
No because of price